I’m all for store bought granola bars. Promise. But, the other week I got a bee in my bonnet to make a homemade version. And they turned out great!
All of my kids love granola bars. It’s the first thing my preschooler asks for in the morning, “Bar, mama, can I have a bar?” and my son doesn’t think his lunch is complete without a good ol’ granola bar. Really, if I’m being honest, I love granola bars too!
Now, this particular recipe will make parents happy (no white sugar, just a blend of healthy sweeteners) and kids happy too … hello, M&Ms!
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1/2 cup creamy nut butter of your choice, we used sun butter
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup honey or blue agave, I did half and half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup M&Ms
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a large baking sheet, spread out oats and quinoa. Toast in the oven for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, over low heat in a saucepan mix nut butter, sea salt, honey/blue agave, vanilla, and coconut oil. Stir often until well combined. Remove from heat and mix in toasted oats and quinoa. Allow to cool for a few minutes then fold in chia seeds and M&Ms. Chocolate chips, caramels bits, or cranberries are other mix in options.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan. Place into the freezer from 15 minutes to help the bars cool and set. Remove the pan from the freezer and pull out the parchment paper. Cut into 8 bars and enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator.